BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbia kicked off An new national holiday on Wednesday with An display of military power and belt for all ethnic Serbs in the Balkans to unite under one flag, caused unrest among its neighbors decades after similar calls led to the bloody wars of the 1990s.
Serbs were told that display thousands of red, blue and white national flags wherever they are live in the region of the world to mark “The Day” of Serbian unity, freedom and the national flag.”
Opening the full day of celebrations, populist president Aleksandar Vucic inspected military hardware shown: in a park in Belgrade, praising the army’s readiness to respond to outside hazards.
He said the army is “five” times stronger” than a few years ago, and announced new military purchases.
Later Wednesday, Vucic spoke at a meeting in the center of Belgrade – where nationalist sentiment ran high – attended by government members, Bosnian Serb officials and dozens of thousands of his supporters.
Vucic, a former ultranationalist who advocated expansion of Borders of Serbia at the expense of of his neighbours, said the new holiday is not meant to threaten anyone of change established boundaries in the Balkan.
“The Serbian flag threatens someone, and they expect” us apologize?” asked Vucic. “My answer is: never again. We will carry our flag with pride everywhere in the world.”
Bosnian Serb separatist leader Milorad Dodik also spoke at the meeting.
“Our country is not Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is Serbia,” he said to loud applause from the crowd.
The muscle-flexing by Serbian officials and their phone calls for the creation of the ‘Serbian world’ of political unification of an estimated 1.3 million ethnic Serbs in life in Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Croatia with Serbia, have triggered worry in neighboring countries.
In the 1990s, Serbian troops with financial and politics support from Belgrade led bloody campaigns in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo with the goal of form a “Greater Serbia”. The campaign tried unsuccessfully to redraw internal borders of the former create Yugoslavia and a single Serbian state.
Denis Becirovic, a lawmaker in the Bosnian parliament, said Vucic “Recovers Greater Serbia” project” by means of supporting secessionist policy of Bosnian Serbs.
“Unfortunately, the expansionist forces in Serbia has the potential to again ignite the whole region’ said Becirovic. “The West must stop the demon of Greater Serbia before it is too late.”
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said he “couldn’t believe that Serbs have nothing”. more important of smarter to do” than creating holidays die infringe on the internal affairs of neighboring states.
Serbian minister of the Interior Aleksandar Vulin, the most outspoken supporter of the “Serb world” reacted quickly.
“There is nothing more more important than conservation of the Serbian identity,” he said.
The new national holiday coincides with An key Serbian and French victory in 1918 against the central powers in the Balkan Theater of operations during the First World War.
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